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Winker suspended 7 games for anger against Angels

Seattle Mariners’ Jesse Winker, right, and Justin Upton jaw with fans after a brawl between members of the Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 26, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. The fight started after Winker was hit by a pitch. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SEATTLE — Three Seattle Mariners starting players were suspended Monday for their role in the brawl against the Los Angeles Angels and another was placed on the disabled list after being hurt during the fight.

The Major League office suspended the outfielder Jesse Winker for seven games, shortstop JP Crawford with five games and Dominican outfielder Julio Rodríguez with two, for his participation in Sunday’s fight.

Venezuelan catcher Luis Torrens was placed on the 10-day disabled list after injuring his left shoulder.

Manager Scott Servais had some bruising on his arm.

Meanwhile, MLB suspended Angels interim manager Phil Nevin for 10 games. Servais was not sanctioned. Winker, Crawford and Rodriguez have appealed their suspensions and will continue to play until their hearings are held.

Crawford hit leadoff in the game against Baltimore, immediately followed by Rodriguez and Winker.

The Angels lost four players, four coaches and one interpreter as a result of the fight. His absences will not be as significant.

Injured third baseman Anthony Rendon received a five-game suspension, pitchers Andrew Wantz and Ryan Tepera three each, and Cuban closer Raisel Iglesias two.

The brawl erupted in the second inning of the Angels’ 2-1 win, four minutes of chaos that led to a delay of nearly 18 minutes. The Angels were upset that Mike Trout came close to taking a pitch to the head from Erik Swanson on Saturday night.

Nevin made the decision to open Sunday’s meeting with Wantz, a reliever who has hardly been used. Wantz pitched behind Rodriguez’s head in the first inning and then hit Winker off the chain to start the second. It was then that chaos broke out.


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